When the law was first passed, a number of our players and I were not in favor of it. My view was that it was not going to stop illegal immigration, that parts of it would encourage racial profiling, and that people who were Arizona residents—and U.S. citizens—could be treated differently than me, based on the color of their skin. I also thought it would have a negative impact on Arizona’s image. I did worry a little bit about angering fans who supported the law, but my dad taught me at a young age that you need to vote with your heart, not your wallet. And there are times when you need to stand up for what you think is right, regardless of the financial ramifications.
So we had some discussions with the players about it. Given the fact that we were playing on Cinco de Mayo, in a big game, we thought that it would be a good idea to wear those uniforms as a show of support for our legal Arizona Hispanic fans. The team was 100 percent unanimous, and they felt good about it. A number of our players are citizens of other countries, and the NBA in general has a tremendous amount of international diversity, so I think it helped bring us together to support a cause that we thought was worthy.